Christine R Cherry

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The study of electroencephalogram (EEG) sleep in depressed patients before and after treatment with psychotherapy can distinguish episode-related and persistent biological features. With longitudinal follow-up, we can also assess whether EEG sleep measures are associated with recurrence of depression. In the current study, we examined EEG sleep during the(More)
BACKGROUND Few data are available to guide treatment selection in major depression. With increasing pressure to maximize the efficiency and minimize the costs of treatment, it is important to have information that could guide treatment selection or point to treatment strategies that have a high probability of success. METHOD We used a successive cohort(More)
OBJECTIVE The authors tested the hypothesis that patients whose episodes of major depression evidenced more neurobiological disturbance would be less responsive to psychotherapy. METHOD The study subjects were outpatients who were given a diagnosis of recurrent major depressive disorder (unipolar or bipolar II), according to the Research Diagnostic(More)
In this study, we aimed to determine the latent structure of multiple EEG sleep variables in patients with major depressive disorder (MDD) and in healthy control subjects and to examine associations between sleep factors and clinical variables. Subjects included 109 women with MDD and 54 healthy control women. EEG sleep data were collected prior to any(More)
BACKGROUND We compared pretreatment subjective and electroencephalographic sleep measures among depressed patients who remitted with psychotherapy alone and those who did not remit. METHODS Patients were 111 midlife women with recurrent major depressive disorder. Baseline psychiatric ratings and sleep studies were conducted prior to treatment with weekly(More)
This study examined quantitative measures of sleep electroencephalogram (EEG) and phasic rapid eye movements (REM) as correlates of remission and recovery in depressed patients. To address correlates of remission, pre-treatment EEG sleep studies were examined in 130 women outpatients with major depressive disorder treated with interpersonal psychotherapy(More)
This study was undertaken in order to advance our understanding of the distal growth hormone axis in depression. Insulin-like growth factor 1 (IGF-1) and growth hormone binding protein (GHBP) were measured in a group of 19 depressed women and a group of 16 healthy women. Using a generalized linear model, IGF-1 levels were negatively correlated with age (p =(More)
OBJECTIVE To investigate how residual symptoms from an index episode of major depressive disorder may be associated with recurrence, the authors conducted a trial involving four maintenance treatment approaches and examined 1) whether the level and variability of residual symptoms differed among the maintenance treatment conditions and 2) whether greater(More)
Although multiple factors may influence the sexual function of depressed women over the course of treatment, the independent contributions of these factors are poorly understood. The current study examined the effects of depression, SSRI treatment, and sexual partner availability on women's sexual function. The sexual function of 68 recurrently depressed(More)
OBJECTIVE The effects of a treatment program targeting debilitating grief symptoms were tested in a pilot study. METHOD Twenty-one individuals experiencing traumatic grief were recruited for participation, and 13 completed the full 4-month protocol. The treatment protocol used imaginal re-living of the death, in vivo exposure to avoided activities and(More)